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From my vantage point in coastal California, that is ridiculously cheap.

 

Many such places are closing as time goes on, just get it done and move on.

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Same on the east coast... the only recore facility is 100 miles away, quoted $600 to recore the 76 rad... she got an aluminum replacement for a third of that. They didn't even quote the heater core, said NLA. Luckily the parts stash contained a good one, tested to 20 psi. 

$150 does sound cheap. It might be a deal, or you might get what you pay for....

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12 hours ago, NMDerek said:

$150 in Albuquerque

Must be a tax front for Walter White😎.

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I just recored my 2 core rad for - $360

 

Same shop has my heater core as we speak and I'm waiting on estimate of repair. I know it has at least 1 pin hole leak as I tested it myself. If he called me up and said $150 will make it good as new I'd hop right on it. My other option would to buy a replacement but even that I would want to pressure test.

 

will follow up once i know for sure.

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6 hours ago, James Laray said:

Is the replacement aluminum version a direct fit

With both the 76 and the 74 having leaking cores, I used Champion Radiator for 2 row aluminum for both. Fits well, just need to elongate the two left side holes a bit. Hoses no issue. Just over $200 each. They list on Ebay and other sites.

 

The issue with 50 year old rads is when cleaned and flushed properly debris removed with the cleaning solution makes evident further holes and seam structure that is weak. The availability of the cores for replacement to the tanks is the cost factor for many.

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I paid $600 a few years ago to have my Alfa GTV6 radiator re-cored with a slightly larger and thicker core, it was one of the final jobs the last remaining local radiator guy did before he closed down. Turned out great, took some gentle massaging of the radiator support using duckbill vise-grips to make it fit :)

 

There are still several options 30 minutes south in Ventura County. My girlfriend took our Simca Aronde radiator and heater core for cleaning and testing and repair of a few pinholes, I think it was less than $200 for both.

 

EDIT: as for 02 radiators, I got the 20% larger stock-type radiator for Walloth & Nesch one of the times it was on sale, price and shipping were quite reasonable.

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